SECOND WORLD CONGRESS OF IMAMS AND RABBIS FOR PEACE
- Final statement
Seville, Spain, March, 22nd 2006, Safar 21, 1427, Adar 22, 5766
In the name of the One Creator and Master of the Universe, the
Compassionate and All Merciful, we Muslim and Jewish leaders and
representatives, gathered for the Second World Congress of Imams and
Rabbis for Peace organized by Hommes de Parole in Seville, in the region
of Andalusia - recalling the past era in which Jews and Muslims lived
together here in harmony and mutual enrichment - and aspiring for such
relations today and in the future.
We accordingly affirm that contrary to widespread misrepresentation,
there is no inherent conflict between Islam and Judaism, on the
contrary. While modern politics has regrettably impacted negatively upon
the relationship, our two religions share the most fundamental values of
faith in the One Almighty whose name is Peace, who is merciful,
compassionate and just; and who calls on us human beings to manifest
these values in our lives and to advance them in relation to all persons
whose lives and dignity are sacred. Therefore we reiterate the message
we sent from our first congress, that we deplore bloodshed or violence
in the name of any ideology everywhere. Especially when such is
perpetrated in the name of religion it is a desecration of religion,
itself and the gravest offense against the Holy Name of the Creator.
Thus, in addition to calling upon all our co-religionists to respect all
human life, dignity and rights, to promote peace and justice; we call
upon them and the governments of the world and international
institutions to show respect for the attachments and symbols of all
religions, as well as their holy sites, houses of worship and
cemeteries, particularly in the Holy Land, due to its special sensitivity.
Accordingly, we condemn any negative representation of these, let alone
any desecration, Heaven forbid. Similarly, we condemn any incitement
against a faith or people, let alone any call for their elimination, and
we urge authorities to do likewise.
We recognize that there is widespread misrepresentation of our
religions, - one in the other's community as well as in the world at large.
We affirm therefore the urgent need for truthful and respectful
education about each other's faith and tradition in our respective
communities and schools; and call upon those responsible to promote such
essential education for peaceful co-existence.
Solemnly we pledge ourselves to the abovementioned continue to seek out
one another to build bridges of respect, hope and friendship, to combat
incitement and hostility, to overcome all barriers and obstacles, to
reinforce mutual trust, serving the noble goal of universal peace
especially in the land that is holy to us all.